USC Aviation Safety and Security
6033 West Century Blvd. Ste. 920
Los Angeles CA 90045

Aircraft Accident Investigation

Dates:January 25 - February 5, 2021
Meets:M, Tu, W, Th and F from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 10 sessions
Hours:67.00
CEUs:6.70
Location:LAX Campus
Instructor:Instructor Information
Fee: $3,750.00Fee Breakdown

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The course is designed for individuals who have limited investigation experience. All aspects of the investigation process are addressed, starting with preparation for the investigation through writing the final report. It covers National Transportation Safety Board and International (ICAO) procedures. Investigative techniques are examined with emphasis on fixed wing investigation. Data collection, wreckage reconstruction and cause analysis are discussed in the classroom and applied in the lab.

The new USC Aircraft Accident Investigation lab serves as the location for practical exercises. Eight aircraft wreckages form the basis of these investigative exercises. An actual crash site in the LA area is visited. The crash laboratory gives the student an opportunity to learn the observation and documentation skills required of accident investigators. The wreckage is examined and reviewed with investigators who have extensive actual real-world investigation experience. Examination techniques and methods are demonstrated along with participative group discussions of actual wreckage examination, reviews of witness interview information, and investigation group personal dynamics discussions.

Anyone who participates in an Aircraft Accident Investigation may be called upon to communicate with a wide range of individuals including: investigators, regulators, industry representatives, lawyers, and the media. The communication portion of the AAI class provides students with the tools necessary to address those diverse audiences. This is a specialized skill that will prove to be highly valuable in aircraft accident or incident situations.

Objectives: To provide concepts and practical techniques on aircraft investigation methodology, and prepare an individual to participate in an aircraft accident investigation.

Who Should Attend: Persons associated with aircraft accident investigation including manufacturers, operators, associations, insurers, air carriers, government agencies, law enforcement and military.

Course Outline

  1. Investigations
         Introduction and History
         Authority and Theory
         Principles of Investigation
         Initial Actions
         Site Safety
         On-Scene Investigation Procedures
         Investigation of Aircraft Fires
         Reciprocating Engines and Propellers
         Gas Turbine Engines
         Systems Investigation
         In-flight Breakup and Midair Collisions
         Technical Assistance
         Analysis and Report Writing
         Flight Data Recorders
         Cockpit Voice Recorders
  2. Technology
         Types of Material Failures
         Metal and Composite Materials
         Identifying Failures in the Field
         Understanding Aircraft Stability
         Aerodynamics — Accident Cause or Contributor
  3. Human and Biomedical Factors
         Human Factors
         Casualty Identification
         Aeromedical Role in Investigation
  4. Aircraft Accident Communication Techniques
  5. Media Relations
         Overview of Strategy
         Message Development and Thought Process
         Interactive Exercises to Illustrate Techniques
         Critique and Analysis of Potential Situations
         The Role and Reality of Media in Accident Investigation
  6. Accident Investigation (conducted in a separate facility with actual wreckage)
         Wreckage Observation/Familiarization
         Wreckage Examination/Documentation
         Investigation Organization at Accident Site
         Accident Site Hazards and Safety
         Investigative Group Interactions

Course Duration: 9.5 Days